Have you ever seen a moonrise? Up until August 30 of this year, I had not – and I didn’t realize it was something that I should have had on my bucket list.
A photographer friend reached out and said we should go watch the full moon supermoon. I immediately came up with the idea to go to the Waterfront Cafe, which is right on Lake Michigan, and would give us an unobstructed view.
A delightful bonus was the fact that my friend, Brazilian jazz guitarist and singer Luciano Antonio, was playing that night.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had read that the moon was going to appear much bigger and brighter than usual.
This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression was published by Indigo River Publishing on January 30, 2023. It achieved the launch success I hoped for on Amazon. The print book and the eBook reached #1 in different categories.
I was able to get great blurbs from some well-known authors and other thought leaders, and also endorsements from HR and DEI professionals.
In addition, I got myself booked on national and international podcasts.
I hit a cadence of social media posts and created compelling video content, which my PR colleagues praised.
As I write this, it’s September 8, 2023 and my book has a 4.8 rating on Amazon with 25 five-star reviews and one two-star review with no text, so I have no idea what that person didn’t like.
Financially, the book has been successful. I have gotten several clients from it and people have told me the content is extremely helpful. Several have said they have referred back to certain sections, which is an author’s dream.
I need to make a big PR push because this book is needed even more now.
Coming out of the pandemic, things haven’t gotten better. In fact, some aspects of the workplace have gotten worse.
For many years I owned the domain “betterthanoutplacement” and it redirected to my career transition coaching landing page. I am not worried when professionals tell me that their former employer gave them outplacement assistance as part of their severance package.
To be clear, outplacement is fine if you are looking for a similar job in a similar industry. It may be all you need if overall your life is pretty good and you just want to find a new job. In this case, you don’t need to hire us and that is totally fine. This post isn’t for you.
However, professionals who want to make a big change, have a perfect storm of icky stuff going on in their lives, experienced a toxic work environment or bad business breakup, or are at financial risk need the focused, concierge-level attention of our VIP Coaching.
I tell prospects or clients to take advantage of the outplacement firm’s information and meet with their coach. Most of the time, people report back that they learned a few things, but it was, in their words, “mostly worthless.”
Experiencing a layoff or bad business breakup is jarring and heartbreaking. While it is tempting to try to power through it or tell yourself you’re making too big a deal out of it, that is not helpful for moving forward – or healing.
Many professionals have experienced a toxic work environment or have been bullied in the workplace. When this happens, you may experience symptoms similar to PTSD. Your mental and physical health may be severely impacted. It is not uncommon to experience anxiety, sleep disorders, migraines, and stomach issues.
You also may struggle with limiting beliefs around whether you will be able to get back to work, to get paid what you want, and to find work that doesn’t crush you.
This is why we are partnering with Shweta Shyamani to offer a group RTT hypnotherapy session for Point A to Point B Transitions clients and their friends on Wednesday, July 26.
You haven’t ordered your copy yet? You can do that here on Amazon www.tinyurl.com/TIWbook. You also can buy it wherever you buy books.
This is a small book with a big mission to evolve working so it works better for everyone. To that end, I am trying to get as much publicity as possible this year, because if people don’t know about the book, it can’t help them.
I am not a therapist. I am a career transition expert who works with professionals after they have experienced a perfect storm of icky stuff in their lives, including job loss, health diagnosis, death in the family, divorce, bad business breakup, or financial collapse – often several of these at once.*
Any one of these life events is disrupting, but when you experience multiple crises simultaneously, it knocks the wind out of you and you see stars.
Often, stress, anxiety, and depression are present as well, which is how I gained my knowledge of how to help professionals through these difficult emotions and situations.
Generally, people don’t call me when things are going well. There are free and inexpensive resources available for professionals who are not in extreme distress.
Many of my clients are already working with therapists before they come to me. They may have a history of anxiety and/or depression, or they may be experiencing it because of their current situation.
During the 12 years I have been doing this work, there have been several times that a client has asked me to talk with their therapist to coordinate support for them.